Introduction to Normal Auditory Perception

ISBN-10: 1418080772
ISBN-13: 9781418080778
Edition: 2010
Authors: Faith Loven
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Book details

List price: $105.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning
Publication date: 11/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Taking a classical approach to psychoacoutstics, Introduction to Normal Auditory Perception guides students toward a basic understanding of hearing science and theory. The book explores the germinal research published in the field of auditory perception and then clearly interprets the findings which have formed the foundations of modern auditory theory. Complex theories are broken down for easy comprehension. Starting with the basic principles of acoustics, the text moves through seminal experiments in psychoacoustics regarding the role of stimulus intensity, frequency, and duration on fundamental auditory perceptions. Basic principles of binaural listening are also covered.

Acoustics: Characteristics of the Sound Source and the Medium Important to Auditory Perception
Simple Harmonic Motion, Sine Waves, and Pure Tones
Vibration
Repetitive Linear Motion
Simple Harmonic Motion
Sine Waves
Important Characteristics of Sine Waves
Adding Sine Waves
Special Cases
Fourier Synthesis and Fourier Analysis
Vibrations and Sound
Pure Tones
Complex Tones
Aperiodic Sounds
Sound Transmission and Sound Waves
Sound Transmission
The Source
The Medium
The Receiver
Important Characteristics of Sound Transmission and Sound Waves
Propagation Velocity
Wavelength
Sound Wave Motion
Sound Measurement and the Decibel Scale
The Decibel Scale
Logarithmic Scales
Ratios
References Used in the Decibel Scale
The Sound Pressure Level Reference (dB SPL)
The Hearing Level Reference (dB HL)
The Sensation Level Reference (dB SL)
Some Caveats Regarding the Decibel
Decibel Computation
Applying the Equations
Conceptual Application of the Decibel
The Pressure Formula
The Intensity Formula
Everyday Examples
Given the Intensity or Pressure Ratio
Applying the Decibel Concept to a New Problem
Intensity: Intensity as an Important Stimulus Variable to Auditory Perception
Auditory Sensitivity
Detection and the Absolute Threshold
Measuring Absolute Threshold and the Psychometric Function
Audibility and Sensitivity
Previous Studies of Normal Human Auditory Sensitivity
What the Sivian and White Results Tell Us About Normal Human Auditory Sensitivity
Loudness
Perception Versus Stimulus Variables
Stimulus Intensity and Its Effect on Loudness
Direct Magnitude Estimation
Direct Magnitude Production
Units of Loudness Estimation
Stimulus Frequency and Its Effect on Loudness
Generating an Equal Loudness Contour Using a Loudness Balance Procedure
Fletcher and Munson's Equal Loudness Contours
Units of Loudness Estimation Using a Loudness Balance Procedure
What Fletcher and Munson Tell Us About the Effect of Frequency on Loudness
What Fletcher and Munson Tell Us About Loudness Growth Across Frequency
Explaining Loudness Perception
Intensity Discrimination
Discrimination Thresholds: Terminology and Relevance
Experimental Measurements of Normal Auditory Intensity Discrimination
Another Method for Estimating Intensity Discrimination Thresholds
Normal Human Auditory Differential Thresholds for Intensity
The Role of Intensity on Differential Sensitivity for Intensity
The Role of Frequency on Differential Sensitivity for Intensity
Scientific Interest in Differential Sensitivity
A Model to Explain Our Differential Sensitivity for Intensity
Frequency: Frequency as an Important Stimulus Variable to Auditory Perception
Masking
Experimental Paradigm and Important Terms
Some Caveats Regarding the Amount of Masking
When the Masker is a Wideband Noise
When the Masker Is a Pure Tone
When the Masker Is a Narrow Band of Noise
Getting Ready for Theory
Frequency Selectivity and the Critical Band
Filters
High-Pass Filters
Low-Pass Filters
Band-Pass Filters
Early Work on the Critical Band Theory
Fletcher's Logic
Fletcher's Legacy
Frequency Discrimination
Measuring Frequency Discrimination
Frequency Discrimination as a Function of Signal Frequency
Frequency Discrimination and the Critical Band
Frequency Discrimination and Weber's Law
Frequency Discrimination as a Function of Intensity
Pitch Perception
Stimulus Frequency and Its Effect on Pitch
Stimulus Intensity and Its Effect on Pitch
Comparing Pitch Estimation Procedures
Competing Theories of Pitch Perception
The Place Theory of Pitch Perception
The Volley Theory of Pitch Perception
Place Theory or Volley Theory-Which Is The Right One?
Pitch Perception of Simple Sounds
Pitch Perception of Complex Sounds
A Modern-Day Theory of Pitch Perception
Duration: Duration as an Important Stimulus Variable to Auditory Perception
Stimulus Duration and Its Role in Audibility, Loudness, and Discrimination
Stimulus Duration and Audibility
Stimulus Duration and Loudness Perception
Stimulus Duration and Discrimination
Differential Thresholds for Duration
The Effect of Stimulus Duration on Other Differential Thresholds
Auditory Fatigue and Adaptation
Long-Term Poststimulatory Auditory Fatigue
Interpreting the Magnitude of TTS
Experimental Parameters Affecting the Amount of Temporary Threshold Shift
Summary Remarks Regarding Long-Term Poststimulatory Auditory Fatigue
Loudness Adaptation
Measuring Loudness Adaptation
Important Characteristics of Loudness Adaptation
Comparison of Long-Term Poststimulatory Auditory Fatigue to Loudness Adaptation
Introduction to Binaural Hearing
Localization
Acoustic and Auditory Cues Involved in Localization
Other Auditory perceptions as a Consequence of Interaural Phase and Interaural Intensity Differences
Binaural Masking Level Differences
Glossary
Index

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